O'Reilly logo

Canon® EOS 60D: Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 1: Roadmap to the 60D

This chapter is designed to help you become familiar with the 60D and offer you ways to make everyday use of the camera easier and faster. While reading about the camera is helpful, the best thing that you can do is shoot with the 60D often — every day, in fact — because using the camera is the shortest path to gaining mastery of it.

By now, you may already know that the camera fits easily and comfortably in your hand, and has just enough heft to make it feel substantial. The exterior of the camera belies the power under the hood. The 60D gives you high image resolution, the latest metering system from Canon, responsive performance, and full creative control as well as high-resolution video with manual control. All in all, the 60D makes shooting pleasurable and satisfying while delivering excellent still image and video resolution and quality.

9780470648629-co0101.tif

I had only seconds to capture this shot. I quickly switched to a wide aperture to both blur background distractions and to get a fast-enough shutter speed to freeze any movement by the bee. Exposure: ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/320 seconds using a –1/3-stop of Exposure Compensation.

Camera Controls Overview

Once you learn the overall design of the 60D, you can make camera adjustments more efficiently. The following sections provide methods for using the controls in logical and efficient ways.

The main controls that ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required